The real question to come out of the discussion is: what is the public commitment and public investment in higher education. To what extent are we going to invest in research activity in the lab and equipment that goes with it, and to what extent do lawmakers see it tied to young people getting jobs and growth of the economy.

They're not your everyday community neighborhood organization.

It seems like there's still some lingering bitterness between the governor and the legislators. He's working to mend some fences, but the legislators don't seem receptive to the idea.